Celebrating UNSW-GWI's research, people and partnerships.
Welcome to our October GWI newsletter
Welcome to the 5th and penultimate GWI newsletter for 2018. In this issue, we begin with two new projects involving the Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale. The first is a new partnership with the Regional UNESCO Office for Asia and the Pacific to investigate the development of floating mangroves as a provider of ecological and economical services in developing communities and the second is a new program with 7 Pacific Island nations to provide training on “CoastSnap”, the community based coastal monitoring platform developed by Mitch Harley.

We also feature reports on the 6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop which was held at UNSW Sydney, on 25-26 September 2018 and the 21st International Riversymposium which was held on Sydney Harbor on the 15th to 18th of October. Highlights from the Riversymposium include a panel discussion on diversity in water hosted by UNSW’s Lucy Marshall, a tour led by Andrew Dansie, Will Glamore, Jamie Ruprecht and Ranger Jo Erskine of the Tomago Wetlands and a special session on SDG6 sponsored by the PLuS Alliance, which featured members of the Comparative River Basin research project from Kings College London and Arizona State University. Invited speakers to the PLuS session included Dr. Bill Young of the World Bank, Dr. Emma Carmody of Environment Defenders Office and UNSW PhD student Sylvia Hay, who features in our regular student profile.

Notable events in the months of September include the announcement on the 12th of September that GWI has become a member of the Global Water Partnership; a network providing knowledge and capacity building for improved water management; while September 19 marked World Water Monitoring Day which provided an opportunity for UNSW’s enthusiastic water PhD students to engage with primary students in schools around Sydney through a hands-on learning experience involving water quality tests on a range of waters from nearby marine and fresh water sources. In October, Ashish Sharma and Grantley Smith participated in the inaugural flood symposium organized by the National Centre for Flood Research at Southern Cross University and Richard Kingsford from the Centre for Ecosystem Science commenced his annual aerial survey of wetland birds.

Finally, we are pleased to provide an update on well deserved recognition for Professor David Waite of the Geochemical Processes Group who was formally inducted as a fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering and Emeritus Professor Tony Fane of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science who was recognised by The Australian as the star Australian researcher in one of eight major disciplines.
Prof Greg Leslie
Acting Director, UNSW-GWI
GWI to train Pacific countries in community-based coastal monitoring
GWI recently secured funding from the Global Environment Facility to bring representatives from seven Pacific Island countries together to attend a training workshop on community-based coastal monitoring. Coastal erosion and vulnerability are of major concern across the Pacific, and GWI and the UNSW Water Resources Laboratory (WRL) will be helping to combat the issue by training representatives in UNSW's CoastSnap initiative.
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GWI showcased at 21st International Riversymposium
UNSW-GWI was a gold sponsor for the 21st International Riversymposium, held in Sydney on 14-18 October. The 21st International Riversymposium attracted 350 delegates from all over Australia and abroad, focusing on the topic of ‘Embracing Innovation’. GWI members were involved in many sessions, networking functions, meetings and a successful study tour during the five-day event.
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World Water Monitoring Day
World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) occurred on 18 September 2018. To celebrate, postgraduate water research students from the UNSW-GWI, in collaboration with Streamwatch and the Australian Museum, visited seven primary schools in the local Sydney area to educate over 400 children about the importance of water quality.
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Prof Richard Kingsford takes part in 26th Annual Waterbird Survey
UNSW's Prof Richard Kingsford, from the Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES), was again part of the aerial survey team that recently undertook the 36th annual waterbird survey of eastern Australia. The survey covered all major wetland sites in the Murray-Darling Basin and other sites in the Riverina, and the team recorded their progress and disoveries over the two-week survey in a blog on the CES website.
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6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria workshop a success
The 6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop was held at UNSW on 25-26th September. There was a strong showing from the local academic community and from the water industry, with a total of 128 registered attendees and 33 oral presentations. The workshop also had an international feel, headlined by keynote speakers from Brazil and South Africa, and welcoming delegates from Japan and Finland.
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UNSW and UNESCO unite to research floating mangrove plantations
GWI and the Bangkok Regional UNESCO Office are together trialling the seaworthiness of deploying floating pontoons for growing and harvesting mangrove forests. Mangroves provide numerous goods and ecosystem services that are beneficial to both people and coastal environments, however, mangrove forests are in severe decline in many countries. UNESCO has demonstrated the feasibility of growing mangroves in floating platforms which could provide sources of biomass and livelihoods for communities if implemented in tropical coastal areas.
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GWI attends National Centre for Flood Research Inaugural Symposium
On 2 October 2018, the Lismore community came together to host the inaugural flood symposium at the Southern Cross University Lismore campus, home of the National Centre for Flood Research (NCFR). The mission of the NCRF is to work in partnership to reduce the economic, social and ecological impact of flooding. The Symposium attracted over 130 participants from including local and state government representatives and staff, famers, disaster response and emergency services personnel, planners, hydrologists, climatologists and engineers and researchers.
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GWI becomes a member of the Global Water Partnership
In September, GWI became a member of the Global Water Partnership (GWP). GWP is a global action network with partners working locally, regionally and globally across 183 countries to inform decisions and affect policy on water use and management. Embracing an integrated approach and addressing competing uses of water is central to the GWP paradigm.
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In the spotlight
Prof David Waite elected into the National Academy of Engineering
Scientia Professor David Waite, from the UNSW Water Research Centre and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently been elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers. NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, and Prof Waite is one of just 262 engineers elected to the NAE from outside the USA. Prof Waite was formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, 2018
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Tony Fane
Emeritus Prof Anthony Fane recognised for lifetime achievement in research
Emeritus Prof. Anthony Fane has recently been recognised in The Australian newspaper as a Star of Research in the Lifetime Achievement Leaderboard. Prof Fane is an international authority on membrane science and technology and was a former Director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at UNSW's School of Chemical Engineering. The leaderboard featured the star Australian researchers in eight major disciplines, with rankings based on research track record using the availability of big data.
   In Profile
Introducing Sylvia Hay, PhD Student
UNSW PhD student Sylvia Hay grew up in New Zealand and completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Environmental Science at the University of Auckland. While completing her studies, she became fascinated by the huge scale of Australian Rivers,as well as the extreme conditions they present for biodiversity. Her interest in Australian rivers, coupled with her passion for hands-on research, led Sylvia to begin her PhD at UNSW. Her research is utilising her strong background in environmental science and biology to examine the likely effects of climate change and increased drying on invertebrate communities in intermittent rivers.
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    Upcoming Events
Taha Ouarda
November seminar: Is it climate variability or climate change? The adaptation delimma
Prof Taha B M J Ouarda from the National Institute of Scientific Research in Quebec, Canada, will deliver GWI's next seminar on 21 November. With expertise in hydrometeorology, environmental and public health modeling, and risk analysis, Prof Ouarda's research interests include the estimation of extreme hydro-meteorological events, modeling of hydro-meteorological variables, and links between climate evolution, the environment, and public health. More information on Prof Ouarda's seminar, along with details on how to register, will be distributed in the coming weeks.
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